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Pest Control OKC: Bed Bug Bites and treatments

Pest Control OKC: Bed Bug Bites and how to deal with them

Bed bugs are an invasive, annoying pest. They ruin furniture and are notoriously hard to get rid of, often requiring the work of a professional pest control expert. But by far the creepiest part about bed bugs is the way they feed on humans, sucking our blood as we sleep in the night. Bed bug bites often appear in lines as red bumps. They can be itchy and annoying. Should you find a line of bumps along with blood on your pajamas and sheets, it may be you have a bad bug infestation. Here are some common treatments if these bites become irritated and itchy:

Of course, the best way to prevent bed bug bites is to get rid of bed bugs. After you relieve the itching from bed bug bites, be sure to call a pest control expert to get rid of the infection. What’s good about bed bugs is that they’re more annoying then deadly. The worst that will happen is you’ll get really itchy and have some annoying bumps on your skin. Antihistamines can reduce the swelling and itching from the bumps, as can a plain old ice pack. You can clean the bites with antiseptic cream or lotions. The bumps should go away on their own in a couple of weeks. The only thing to really worry about is the possibility of infection from the openings left by the bed bugs but really as long as you shower and maintain a level of cleanliness that shouldn’t be a big concern. You’ll also want to wash and dry your sheets and blankets. Bed bugs don’t clean up after themselves and will leave fecal matter all over your bed!

If you have an infestation, call The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: How to spot bed bugs

Pest Control OKC lays out how to spot bed bugs

Bed bugs can be quite the hard pest to find. Often, they can exist for quite a long time without you ever noticing. Once you discover an infestation, it’s important that you take steps to end the infestation quickly before it can spread to other parts of your home. The best way to do this is by calling a certified pest control specialist to handle the problem. Bed bugs are notoriously resilient and DIY methods often miss nests or aren’t strong enough to kill them. That being said, here are a few methods of finding these critters.

Look for physical evidence: Bed bugs are masters when it comes to hiding themselves. Where there less capable is hiding the evidence of their attacks. Look for these physical signs that a piece of furniture may house some unwanted guests:

  • Fecal Stains on mattress or bedding
  • Bloodstains on pajamas and sheets
  • Cast/shed skins and exoskeleton

Suspicious Bugs: Obviously, the most concrete evidence that you have a bed bug infestation is to actually find a bed bug scurrying around your place. This is easier said than done however. Bed bugs only come out at night and are very small. Also, do you know what a bed bug looks like? We all know about bed bugs, but how many of us actually know what they look like? Luckily, The EPA has pictures and explanations about each stage of a typical bed bug’s life. Showing how they grow and change.

Bites: Bites might seem like a clear indication of infestation, but they’re actually one of the worst indications of infestations. Why? Because lots of insects bite. It could’ve been a chigger or even a fungal rash. Some people don’t react to bed bug bites at all!

If you think your home might have some unwanted guests, give The Bug Guy, pest control OKC, a call today at 405-973-5522.

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Pest Control OKC: Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

How to keep the bed bugs from biting with Pest Control OKC!

Bed bugs have made a resurgence in recent years and they can be one of the most troublesome pests to deal with. In a survey conducted by The National Pest Management Association, 76% of pest control professionals said that bed bugs are the most difficult pest to control for them. The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, is here with a few tips on what to do if you find these annoying critters in your bed.

Bug bombs are generally not recommended for use in Bed Bug control. Bed bugs are very good at hiding and can crawl into spaces where a bug bomb won’t be able to reach them. They’ve also shown a resilience to the chemicals used in bug bombs to kill them. A lastly, maybe most importantly, these bombs can cause the bed bugs to scatter and look for different hiding places making the problem significantly worse!

If your going to try and control the bed bugs by other means, such as pesticides, make sure that such chemicals are safe for indoor use. Many pesticides were not designed to be used indoors and can do way more damage than good when dealing with bed bugs. Many of these pesticides will make you sick, and to top it all off much like the bug bombs, incorrect pesticides can drive the bed bugs to hide! Now your sick and the bed bug problem is worse! The EPA has a list of all products approved for use on bed bugs.

If your going to go the professional route, make sure the person you hire is fully qualified and certified, like us! Resources like the Better Business Bureau, consumer protection agencies, and the state pest control regulatory office can all help you find a qualified, and quality, pest control professional in your area.

If you need Bed Bugs driven out of your home. Give The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, a call today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: Bed Bugs facts

Pest Control OKC: Facts about Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a terrible nuisance, they infest our bed and feed on us as we sleep. They’re hard to discover and once you do, they’re even harder to get rid of. It’s good to know how these pests spread and how they feed in order to better combat them.

How do they spread: Bed Bugs mostly hang around, well, beds and other furniture. So, how do they go from place to place? There are 2 main ways bed bugs spread: Travelers and secondhand furniture. Hotels and other traveling accommodations are magnets for bed bugs. The high number of humans coming in and out means there’s plenty to eat and plenty of opportunities to stow away in an unknowing vacationers things. Then, once your home they can begin to infest your residence! Secondhand Furniture should be checked carefully as this is another common way bed bugs move. You buy an old sofa from a friend or from a craigslist ad thinking it’s a good deal. But if you don’t check that sofa might be hiding some bed bugs the previous owner missed or just didn’t tell you about.

How do they Feed: Bed bugs feed on blood and they primarily feed at night when we’re sleeping. Bed bugs usually don’t feed every night. Typically they will feed around once a week. Females need to eat more so they can produce babies, called nymphs. Bed bugs will also usually only stick to one host and never stray far from their nest. That means that if 2 or more people in your house are suffering bed bug attacks, it’s likely 2 different nests with completely different bugs. If bed bugs get hungry enough, they can also come out during the day out of desperation.

If you think you have bed bugs or any other common pest, call The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today at 405-973-5522.

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Pest Control OKC: Keeping Firewood pest at bay Pt. 2

Pest Control OKC has more tips to help pest out of your fireplace!

The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, is back with a few more tip to help keep your home free from pests that might live in your firewood over the winter.

Cover for the Summer: New firewood that’s been cut for the summer is a prime target for infestation. If you want to avoid having your firewood pre-infested in the summer, make sure you stack the wood in a sunny area and then cover it. This will help kill and drive out pest living in the wood and keep away pests that might try to take up residence. Always try to cut your firewood from late summer to late fall. Also, make sure your keeping in your state’s guidelines about cutting and transporting wood.

Never Stack Firewood indoors: In our last blog, we talk about why you should burn wood as soon as you bring it into the house. This is because of Overwintering, where pests hibernate over the winter in warm places. Keeping firewood indoors will warm up these pests and bring them out of hibernation and into your home! In addition, these wood piles will provide excellent security for any pests that get into your home through other means!

Use only local Firewood: Aside from being a great way to support local business, keeping local firewood means all the pests inside it are also local. Bringing in firewood from another area might introduce a non-native species to the area. With no natural predators you may see an explosive infestation that spreads to your home. To be safe, should you get non-local firewood burn it as quickly as possible to kill off potential pests.

If your in need of pest control call The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: Keeping Firewood Pests at Bay

Keep the fire going without the pests with these Pest Control OKC Tips

The fireplace is a wonderful home addition to have during the cold winter months. Few things are more relaxing on a cold winter day then sitting down with a nice book or hot cocoa next to a healthy fire. Of course, a fireplace needs wood to burn and the unfortunate reality is that wood can carry some unwanted guests in it. The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, has some tips on how to keep these firewood pests at bay this winter.

Store Firewood away from buildings: Never stack your firewood next to a building. Wood burrowing pests can dig directly from your firewood into your home. Placing wood piles next to your home can give certain pests direct access to your home!

First in, First out: Use your oldest wood first, you can make it easier to access this older wood by periodically re-stacking your wood to make the older wood more accessible. Using the older wood reduces the chances that an infestation will build up and infect the whole wood pile and eventually your home!

Eliminate Surface Pests: Before you bring in any piece of wood, inspect it thoroughly. Look over the surface of the wood for any pests crawling around or coming up from inside. Knock the firewood together and shake them thoroughly to loose any pests hiding within.

Burn Firewood immediately when brought indoors:  The easiest way to make sure pests don’t get into your home is to give them as little opportunity as possible. Most pests will burrow into wood to Overwinter, or hibernate. When you leave firewood in your home these pests can awaken and move out before you burn them.

If you think your home might be infested, give The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, a call today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: Common Winter Pests

Pest Control OKC talks about common winter pests

Winter is here and the pests are looking to make a nice warm winter retreat within the walls of your home! Most insects will die off in the winter or go into hibernation, but some species will look for a warm, dry place (like your home) to wait out the colder months. Pest Control OKC lays out some of the most common winter pests to look for.

Moth Fly: Commonly known as a “drain fly” these small insects don’t cause any harm, but in large numbers they can become quite the nuisance. As their name suggests, you’ll commonly find them around drains.

Bed Bugs: There was a time when no one had to worry about bed bugs, but in recent years they have made a resurgence keeping many a people awake and annoyed.

Cluster Fly: Cluster Flys are big, slow flys that like to cluster around windows on warm days. There’s never just one of these flys, as their name suggests. If you think you found one, chances are there are many more hiding in your home.

Winged Carpenter Ants: Ants in your home are never a good sign, flying ants are even worse! Should you see a winged carpenter ant in your home during winter, there is a strong possibility that they came from a nest within your home. If you find these winged pests, call for pest control ASAP!

Firewood Pests: There are few things more enjoyable than a nice fire on a cold, snowy day. But be careful, the firewood needed to make those fires can house a large number of pests. Check your firewood carefully to make sure you don’t let any unwanted guests in the house!

If you think your home is infested with unwelcome pests contact The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today at 405-973-5522.

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Pest Control OKC: Pest-Proof your home Pt. 4

The final part of Pest Control OKC’s breakdown of pest-proofing!

The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, has some final tips to pest-proof your home this holiday season. Remember, infestations are nearly impossible to get rid of without professional help. If you’ve already been invaded, give The Bug Guy a call today at 405-973-5522!

Keep food sealed: In addition to keeping your kitchen nice and tidy, keeping your food sealed up can make it nearly impossible for pests to survive. Bags and twist ties aren’t enough, keeping food like cereal, rice, and other grains in air-tight containers. When you can, keep any opened containers in the fridge where pests can’t really survive long enough to eat.

Clean up your yard: Dead leaves are nature’s clutter. When the leaves fall, rake them up as fast as possible. Pests love to hide and roost inside these piles of leaves. Leaving them on your yard gives pests an entrance point to your home. Much like trimming back trees and shrubs, cleaning up your yard is more about keeping the pests farther away from your home. Mowing your lawn regularly also keeps pests away. Again, this all also helps keep your home look clean and inviting to humans, but not to pests!

Rinse Recyclables: Recycling is a great habit to get into, however it can also lead to pests! Empty soda cans, beer bottles, and other recyclables can provide a heap of free food for pests. You can limit this by washing out any cans and containers that might have residual food in them. It might seem like a hassle, but it will keep pests away from your home so that’s worth it right?

If you’ve got an infestation, it’s best to call a professional to clear them out. Call The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today and de-infest your home! Call today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: Pest-Proof your home Pt. 3

A few more pest-control tips from Pest Control OKC

Just a few more way you can pest proof your home. Pest Control OKC knows it’s a challenge to fight off infestation. Even the best measures can still end in infestation, if this happens gives the professionals at The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, at 405-973-5522!

Install and maintain screens on doors and windows: Screens can be a cheap and effective way to keep pests out of your home. Keeping a fine mesh screen on all your doors and windows can keep out all but the smallest of pests. If you don’t already have these installed, there easy to install yourself. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that these screens are prone to tearing. Regularly inspect your screens for break and tears, repairing and replacing any you see ASAP.

Seal Cracks in your home: The easiest ways for pests to get into your home is through cracks in your home. Foundations, walls, and crawlspaces all grant access space for pests. Regularly inspecting your home for cracks in your foundation is critical to keeping pests out. Should you find one, grab some caulk and seal it up! It doesn’t take much for pests to squirm into your home and infest your life. In addition, keeping your home patched up will help maintain the integrity of your home. Really most tips for taking care of pests are also great homekeeping habits!

Get Rid of Clutter: Pests like places to hide, and cluttered and messy rooms provide ample hiding spaces and places to nest. Keeping your home neat and tidy will limit where these pests can hide and nest. Making sure things are organized will also help limit places they can hide. Additionally, it makes your home look and feel nice!

Seasons greetings and happy holidays from The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC!

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Pest Control OKC: How to Bug-Proof your home Pt. 2

Pest Control OKC has some more tips for pest-proofing

Pest Control OKC is back with some more tips to help pest-proof your home!

Eliminate Moisture: One thing to keep in mind is that most insects need a certain amount of humidity to survive. If you can keep the air drier, you can make it very hard for certain pests to live in your home. Any amount of moisture can be enough for these insects. Even something as minor as condensation on pipes is enough for these pests. Fix any plumbing problems and leaks, no matter how minor, quickly to keep these pests at bay.

Prune Trees and Shrubs: You may not think about trees and shrubs as being a potential access point for pests. However, if these plants are touching your home, they can act as a highway for pests to get to you home easily. It doesn’t make a hole for these pests to go through, but it gives these pests more complete access to your home. Raising the chances that they find a nook or cranny to crawl into. Keeping your trees and shrubs trimmed back so they don’t touch your house is an effective way to keep them from letting pests onto your home.

Scrub your trash bins: Even if you keep your trash in plastic bags, they can still spill out and stain your trash bins. Pests can survive on these trace amount of food and waste meaning trash bins are one of the biggest pest attractors. Cleaning your trash bins several times a year will help ensure pests don’t have a tasty cocktail of trashy leftovers to feast on. Bleach will be enough to clean out your outdoor bins. Additionally, this will also limit smells coming from your bins!

Call The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today at 405-973-5522!